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Diner's Club Show

Exhibition dates: March 6–April 16, 2021

 

The Diner's Club Show features the work of 11 artists, who collectively call themselves The Diner's Club. For years, the group has met weekly at a diner or restaurant in Rochester, NY to talk shop, exchange information on shows, bring articles to swap, trade ideas and share frustrations.



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“The Diner’s club began years ago at the Mise en Place deli in Rochester’s Southwedge neighborhood. My dear friend and mentor Peter Monicelli suggested that he, Kurt Feuerherm, Bob Conge, and myself meet for lunch regularly. It became a weekly event. Word got out to other artists and friends and our group grew.” —George Wegman

 

"It’s been so enjoyable to be with a fellowship of artists that I’ve known for 50 years and others that are new to me. I’m interested in what they are reading, thinking and making and I especially value the camaraderie of shared experiences challenges, and solutions." —Tarrant Clements

Christina Bang

"Since early childhood and throughout my life I have had an interest and love of objects.. religious art, devotional relics and artifacts, Ex Voto, Reetablo, altars, Outlier works, Primitive art, archeological fragments, old photographs, iconography, Surrealism, Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism."

 

Paul Brandwein

"As I experiment with painting and sculptural materials, I try to distill myriad natural forms, textures and colors into a moving, visual poetry. I work slowly and deliberately to create objects that, I hope, will invite viewers to keep looking and finding new things to see and connect with."

 

Ed Buscemi

"I am deeply interested in the relationship between spontaneous activity and creative thought. As much as possible,I try to approach my work in an improvisational manner and create an event in time. To a great extent, what I do is rooted in a playful exploration of whatever materials I'm using."

 

Tarrant Clements

"I start with an idea, usually something very simple, like how two shapes might go together or how a line might touch a shape. And then I let the piece grow from there. I try many things that don’t work, reject them, try something else, react and so on, each step suggesting the next step. Eventually it works itself into a finished piece."

 

Bob Conge

"My work is my only voice in this wilderness of noise."

Kurt Feuerherm

Kurt Feuerherm was an artist focused on the abstraction of nature-related subjects. His landscape paintings are influenced by his lifelong love and understanding of nature and his exposure to varied geographic areas of the world. His paintings reflect his travels as he was influenced by the different topographies and cultures.

 

William Hand

 

William Keyser

"I make abstract paintings and sculpture because I’m obsessed with unfamiliar shapes, patterns and forms that take me to places I’ve never been. My art often begins with a remnant; from a recycling center, a walk in the park, the floor of my studio, or the last piece of art I did. I welcome debris, detritus, the accidental, the surprise, the abandoned and chance. These become the first mark on the blank canvas of my imagination."

 

Susan Mandl

"Silver Lining: Last summer I was invited to create an art class for 3 young kids. We started last July in person but have had to go remote. These kids are growing 'an aesthetic eye'. Their dads are super involved and very helpful. We're happy with how things are progressing."

 

Peter Monacelli

"In my artistic life I have attempted to put the thought of all that I love in all the things that I have made. To me, Tolkien's definition of real magic ( found in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Part 1, pg. 479) is the necessary ingredient for anyone who wishes to do anything well; anyone called an artist."

 

George Wegman

"COVID-19 arrived with a vengeance in the spring of 2020. Life changed for all of us and so did my art. Currently the works that I make are based on the photos that I take in my neighborhood on my daily walks. My art has always been about exploring new images."


Virtual Walkthrough

On Saturday, March 6, 2021, executive director Bradley Butler will give a walkthrough of the exhibition live on Facebook at 5 p.m. EST, or watch the recording on the gallery's YouTube channel after the event takes place.

 


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